TAG Heuer is a brand that has always been known for its deep-rooted love and appreciation for the automotive world and the same is reflected in many of its timepieces. So, it only made sense when the brand launched the TAG Heuer Carrera 160 years Silver limited edition earlier this year to commemorate its 160th birth anniversary. And the celebrations seem to continue further with the recently introduced TAG Heuer Carrera Montreal Limited Edition watch, a modern take on the vibrant Montreal Carrera watches from the 70s.
TAG Heuer’s Carrera Montreal watches from the 1970s featured bold and colorful dials, and the face on this Montreal style Carrera certainly showcases the influence by weaving blue, yellow, and red highlights in a refined manner. The base dial has been presented in a white opaline one shade that provides the perfect backdrop for the vibrant azure blue counters. All the three registers feature a nice circular graining and have also been recessed slightly for added visual depth. Interestingly the 30-minute counter at 3 further offers another pop of color in the form of 3 vibrant yellow strips. Moving outwards from the tri-compax arrangement, you first come across the applied and faceted hour markers that are accompanied by small circular yellow lume plots that have been placed on a blue ring to offer great contrast. And finally, on the outermost periphery of the dial is a bi-colored chapter ring with fine gradation presented in blue and red. To keep the dial coherent, all hands are of baton style. Furthermore, the hour and minute hands have once again been filled with yellow superluminova and the chronograph hand has been painted red.
The stainless-steel case on the new Carrera Montreal is similar in shape and dimensions to the one found on the recently released Carrera Silver limited watch. It measures 39mm in diameter and has a nice rounded design with chunky angular downward sloping lugs. The case features high-quality polishing throughout which is reminiscent of watches from the past and is water-resistant to a healthy 100 meters.
Powering this watch is the brand’s modern in-house Heuer 02 caliber. This is a column-wheel based automatic chronograph movement that operates at a frequency of 4 Hz and offers a power reserve of around 3 days. The movement is visible through the sapphire case back and shows off some nice details such as the Geneva stripes on the bridges and the black skeletonized oscillating weight that is adorned with lacquer-filled engraving that highlights the celebratory significance of the watch.